Are You Actually God-like? | GR8 Relationships

Are You Actually God-like?

"So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them." - Genesis 1:27

The Image of God

Maybe not God-like, but definitely we are created in the image of God. In fact, the image of God is the foundation for understanding men and women's design. The difficulty is the image of God is seldom associated with how men and women are designed. Generally the image of God is talked of as something like emotions, intellect and will. God has emotions, so do we; He has intellect, so do we; He has a 

will, so do we; He can create, so can we. Certainly those elements are true, but if we look at Genesis 1:26-27, it is easy to draw another simpler conclusion. What if the image of God is somehow related to maleness and femaleness? That's the implication of Genesis 1:26-27.

We believe the best description of the image of God is that He is both "Separate and Belonging" or "Powerful and Relational". The separate or powerful is represented in maleness and the belonging or relational side is represented in femaleness. The use of theological terms like "transcendence" and "immanence" further supports this implication. And, if you take the attributes of God (holy, just, infinite...), it is not difficult to place each under the categories of Separate or Belonging.So, our belief is the image of God is the foundation for the designs of men and women. Men are designed to be primarily separate, powerful, and work oriented. Women are designed to be primarily belonging, relational and relationship oriented. Each has the ability to operate or even develop like the other, but the design is primarily powerful for men and relational for women.

In Scripture

Does scripture support the idea that God is both Separate and Belonging. The answer is an unequivocal yes. Multiple scriptures can be reviewed to see how God speaks of Himself as both. For instance Isaiah 57:15 states that He "...inhabits eternity... in a high and holy place..." and at the same time "...with him who has a contrite and humble spirit..." This theme is easily seen in so many scriptures. Another favorite is Micah 6:8 where God is telling us what is good - "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?" Note the power and the relationship spoken of in that verse. That is His image and how He desires that we represent that image on the earth.

In Relationships

Since men are designed with testosterone to be powerful, separate and work oriented and women are designed to be belonging, relational and relationship oriented; it makes sense that God created men and women to complement each other. That was the design in the beginning with Adam and Eve and it is the same today. We fit the roles God created for us.

Unfortunately, the world wants to distort this image and therefore presents different views of men and women. Satan's promotes a confusing message for both men and women, trying to get us to operate outside of our designs. When that happens, it distorts our representing the image of God.

One of the best representations of the image of God is a marriage done the way God asks - man leading with love and a woman respecting with love. When done that way, we follow God's order for life as stated in I Corinthians 11:3 - God, Christ, man, woman - protection from above, submission from below. This again is about order and role, not value and worth. Christ the Son and God the Father are equal in value, but different in role. The same is true of man and woman.

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